Kentucky Derby

Barbaro statue unveiled at Churchill

LOUISVILLE — Barbaro is back home at the track where he became a legend.

A bronze statue honoring the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner was unveiled Sunday morning at Churchill Downs, nearly three years after the colt suffered a breakdown at the Preakness.

Sculptor Alexa King designed the 1,500-pound statue, which shows Barbaro in midstride with jockey Edgar Prado aboard as the two pulled away from the rest of the 20-horse Derby field.

The horse broke down during the Preakness and spent the next eight months battling an inflammatory disease in his left hoof. Barbaro was euthanized Jan. 29, 2007, and his cremated remains were placed at Churchill Downs this month.

Barbaro's struggles brought renewed attention to track safety and breeding practices.

Owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson attended the ceremony, as did hundreds of fans who were moved by the horse's battle for survival.

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